Covid-19: ‘I never felt ill’
Mar30

Covid-19: ‘I never felt ill’

It’s been three months since my dad came out of hospital after a month with Covid-19, including time spent on a ventilator. Since then, he has made a remarkable recovery. Within about six weeks, you would never have guessed he’d been ill. He’s got no long Covid. No depression or PTSD. It is incredible. For me, I still get a couple of flashbacks a week to things that happened when he was in hospital. These memories...

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Becoming the sandwich generation
Feb23

Becoming the sandwich generation

Most of us who are lucky enough to have parents still alive will, at some point, become part of the sandwich generation. The sandwich generation are usually people in their 40s or 50s who still have dependent children at home and are starting to care for their own parents. Sometimes they even have grandchildren thrown into the equation too. There was a meme out just before the first lockdown which I found far too funny. It summed up...

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‘Parkrun saved my life’
Jan27

‘Parkrun saved my life’

My dad is making a remarkable recovery from being seriously ill with Covid-19 in December. While many younger adults who weren’t ill enough to be hospitalised are still struggling with breathlessness months after their diagnosis, my dad doesn’t get breathless and gets a little bit stronger every day. He can now walk for over a mile and does lots of jobs around the house. Not bad for a man who came off a ventilator on 16th...

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My virtual running medal and Covid-19
Jan18

My virtual running medal and Covid-19

In common with most runners (except those who had booked races for January, February or early March), I didn’t run any races in 2020. The marathon and four half marathons I had booked were all cancelled. Some runners decided to fill the 2020 race void with virtual races – basically run the distance, whether 5k or a marathon or somewhere in between – and get a medal for it. The biggest one was the virtual London...

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The avulsion fracture and recovery part 3
Nov18

The avulsion fracture and recovery part 3

Back in June, my son suffered an avulsion fracture on his pelvis. Avulsion fractures are usually related to sport and are more common in young people who are growing quickly. My son’s fracture was caused by pulling a muscle while doing long jump in competition, which pulled his bone away. He was in a lot of pain and was taken to hospital by ambulance. He has made a remarkable recovery since then, but was told he would need to go...

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